Now, Andrew Beckham has brought that tradition back to life, using amphorae that he sculpts himself to age wines at Beckham Estate Vineyard in Sherwood, Ore., not far from Portland.
A high school teacher by day — he teaches ceramics at Beaverton High School — Beckham molds each vessel on a standard potter’s wheel, a process that takes two weeks.
His 40 to 60-gallon jars weigh 250 pounds when wet. He allows three months for drying, and 40 hours for firing.
The Beckham Estate Vineyard’s tasting room also serves as a gallery for Beckham’s ceramic art.
You can read the full story of Beckham’s amphorae, and view some of his outstanding work, here. Click on the image above for a video showing how it’s done.